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November 19, 2014

Teamwork

Jeffrey M. Schell, Chief Scientist

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Every day at sea is different than the next - not all that profound when you think on it, but already we find ourselves wondering - how are we going to top this day?  Did we already peak so early in the voyage?  Can it get any better?  Well, I suppose it doesn’t have to get better, it just surprises us in new and unexpected ways. and that is what we have for this Wednesday, the 19th of November. 

The day for me began at 0600 with a morning wake up - a call for breakfast and an off-hand comment that if I planned on taking my coffee up on deck to be sure and bring my foul weather jacket!


November 19, 2014

Birthday Bioluminescent Dolphins

Kate Morneault, B Watch, Stonehill College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Hello world and happy birthday Nick Matesanz!  It’s been a beautiful day at sea - sunny and blue skies with a nice breeze.  Today started with a wake-up call at 0230 since I had watch along with the rest of my group from 0300-0700.  During this shift I worked in the lab with Kella, Chris, and our watch officer, Julia.  There was a lot to learn as it was our first day in the lab.  We learned how to do the hourlies and process pH and microplastics.


November 18, 2014

Birthday at SEA!

Sarah Herard, Chief Mate, C-197 Alum

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Hello Friends and Family!
This is Sarah, Chief Mate of the Corwith Cramer. I’m writing after a fantastic birthday at sea. Below is a list of some amazing things that happened onboard today:

Fresh small, sweet strawberries at breakfast:
My favorite morning meal is breakfast sandwiches. I was so happy to sit down at the table this morning before watch to find a spread of fresh fixin’s for biscuit sandwiches. A platter of fresh fruit as a side included fresh berries and bananas provisioned in Las Palmas.


November 18, 2014

Best wishes from a SEA Semester alum

Katie George, SEA Semester alumna, c-243

SSV Corwith Cramer at dock

Dear Students,

You are about to embark on one of those crazy once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. But you know that. What you don’t know is that this experience will enthrall and exhaust you. There will be conflict and head-butting; this happens when you put people so close together. There will also be bonds forged that last years - maybe a full lifetime although I can’t say that yet as I’m still living.


November 18, 2014

So long, Auckland!

Heather Piekarz, A Watch, Hamilton College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

After much anticipation, today we finally set sail from Auckland! The day started early, with an 0500 wake up to get going by 0600. Once we motored away from the dock, it was all hands on deck to raise a few sails and make use of this perfect sailing weather. The crew wasn’t kidding when they said the learning curve on board was steep. With all of our practice in port and doing it for real this morning, most everyone has gotten the hang of setting and striking sails. Now we just have to remember which one is which!


November 17, 2014

Greetings Wildlife Enthusiasts

Farley Miller, Able Bodied Ships' Carpenter (Sailing Intern)

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Our first full day on the water got off to one impressive start! Dawn greeted an eager morning shift B-Watch, and we offered our salute by raising more sail and shaking out the reef in the mains’l, edging out another precious few knots. Our local whaling historian, Ger Tysk, was chuffed (after being rudely pulled out of her bunk) at the sighting of a pair of sperm whales around 1030. They were identified by the low, forward raked spout.


November 17, 2014

Departure day!... Or not.

Karissa Vincent, B Watch, Wheaton College

The Global Ocean: New Zealand

Today was an interesting and unexpected day for all of us here on the Robert C. Seamans. All completed the second half of our night watch orientations (so doing boat checks, weather observations, learning lab techniques). But,
we also got our first signoffs on the checklist of critical skills - for the Watch Quarter Station Bill. This was a check to see if we know the emergency response activities for not only ourselves but also other crew members. It was a test to see how well we’ve been paying attention for the last couple days. We all passed, so we all got our first initials on the checklist! Woot!


November 16, 2014

The long awaited trans-Atlantic voyage begins

Jeffrey M. Schell, Chief Scientist

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

The island of Gran Canary is off to port looking spectacular in the evening light.  “All Hands muster on the quarterdeck for General Quarters”,  “C Watch aft, B Watch mid ships”, A Watch forward.  Tend your dock lines, idle hands to fenders!” “Main engine - dead slow astern, take in line 4, take in dock lines 1 & 2, hold strain on that forward leading spring line, slowly… watch our bow swing, now slow ahead – main engine, helm one turn to port so we can kick out our stern and…. Helm, hard to starboard!”  And just like that our voyage from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria had begun.


November 16, 2014

A Lota Gelata

Ali Johnson, A Watch, Stonehill College

Today was filled with information overload and lots of sunshine! We woke to another fantastic breakfast by Vickie and quickly moved into more ship orientation. I know the past two blog entries have already noted how delicious the food is here, but I feel the need to reiterate it. Sorry Mom, you may have competition but at least you don’t have to worry about me getting enough to eat! Anyways, ship orientation was a blast today! While being tied to the dock, we learned how to set and strike the jib, one of the most forward sails. It attracted quite a collection of spectators whenever it went up. I think we’re all beginning to feel a little bit like zoo animals here on the Seamans.


November 15, 2014

The First Night, Field Trips & More

Missy Velez, C-Watch

Colonization to Conservation in the Caribbean

Hola, from Las Palmas!  I have the distinct honor of writing the first student blog for this Atlantic Crossing.  To get all our readers up to date, here’s what’s going on.  We arrived in Las Palmas yesterday at 1500, made our way through the city, and all met onboard our home (for the next almost 6 weeks) - the SSV Corwith Cramer.  We were organized into three Watch groups that include a mix of us students, an SEA scientist and mate, one of our scientific Voyagers, one maritime Voyager, and one sailing intern.


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